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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Psychology & Social Studies - Applied

Course Code(s):  5M2786 OFPS
QQI Award Code:  5M2786 Community Care
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2786 OFPS
QQI Award Code 5M2786 Community Care
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an insight into areas of Psychology and Social Studies with a view to further studies in these areas or to enable others to plan a career in the caring professions.

What will you Study?

Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Social Studies 5N1370
Child Development 5N1764
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Complementary Medicine
Word Processing 5N1358
Sign Language
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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DCHCC 5M2786

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